Siberian ginseng extracts have been reported to provide better usage of glycogen and high energy phosphorus compounds and improve the metabolism of lactic and pyruvic acids (Farnsworth et al 1985). Additionally, preliminary evidence of possible © 2007 Elsevier Australia
anabolic effects makes this herb a popular treatment among athletes in the belief that endurance, performance and power may improve with its use.
While initial animal studies showed promise for improving weight gain and increasing organ and muscle weight (Farnsworth et al 1995, Kaemmerer & Fink 1980), clinical studies confirming whether anabolic effects occur also in humans could not be located.
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